Australian Stuart O’Grady has announced his immediate retirement from professional cycling. The 39-year-old Orica-GreenEdge rider has just completed his 17th Tour de France, and has decided that the time is right to hang up his cycling shoes.

“I’ve always wanted my career to end with something truly special and this year’s Tour de France has given me that,” said O’Grady via a team statement issued on Monday afternoon.

“We’ve had a great race, and I’m really proud of what we accomplished. Winning a stage and standing on the podium with all my teammates after the team time trial in Nice was a dream come true for me this late in my career, and to be able to defend the yellow jersey for Simon [Gerrans] and Daryl [Impey] was special. I’m extremely happy to have had a chance to do that one more time before I retired.”

O’Grady says that he wishes to spend more time with his family after 23 years as a pro cyclist.

“Originally, I wanted to keep going, but I’ve kept thinking that this is the year. We reached big goals as a team at the Tour, and I’m proud to finish my career after an amazing experience with an incredible team. I’m turning 40 very soon, and I’ve realized there are things in my life that I want to prioritise,” he said.

O’Grady’s victories since turning professional with Gan in 1995 include two Tour de France stages, Paris-Roubaix and two overall wins in the Tour Down Under. He was also a gold medallist in the Madison at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and has won four Commonwealth Games gold medals on the road and track.

O’Grady has competed in every Tour de France since his debut in the race in 1997.

Stuart O’Grady winning Paris-Roubaix in 2007

Riding with CSC

Leading the break in the 2011 Tour Down Under

O’Grady in the London 2012 men’s road race

Third from left: O’Grady was part of Orica-GreenEdge’s 2013 Tour de France stage winning team time trial squad

Stuart O’Grady: Career highlights
Herald Sun Tour; overall classification
Herald Sun Tour; stage five
Herald Sun Tour; stage two


Vuelta a España; stage one (TTT)
Eindhoven Team Time Trial

Tour de France; second, points classification

Olympic Games; gold, men’s madison
Tour of Denmark; stage four
Tour de France; stage five
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré; points classification
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré; stage seven
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré; stage five
GP de Viller-Cotterêts

Tour de Langkawi; stage eight
Tour de Langkawi; stage six
Australian National Championships; road race

Commonwealth Games; road race

Tour de France; second, points classification
Tour de France; leader, stages three to nine
Tour de France; stage five (TTT)
Tour Down Under; overall classification

GP du Midi Libre; stage three
Melbourne to Sorrento

Tour de France; second, points classification
Pru Tour (Tour of Britain); stage five
Classic Haribo
Tour Méditerranéen; stage 3b (TTT)
Tour Down Under; overall classification
Tour Down Under; stage five
Tour Down Under; stage three

Tour de France; second, points classification
Tour de France; stage 14
Tour de France; leader, stages four to six

Olympic Games; bronze, men’s points race
Olympic Games; bronze, men’s team pursuit

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Stuart O’Grady: Rider profile

  • Niall Murphy

    Good call George! So now he has admitted EPO use will all of you who criticised George apologise?

  • JeffGoldblumIII
  • JeffGoldblumIII

    We appreciate his talent as well, don’t get on your high horse. We just know he doped. We don’t want to knock him just ’cause he was better than us – or else I’d be getting well lairy at Paul Kimmage and Christophe Bassons as well. People like you are pathetic – take your heads out of the sand.

  • Alan Lawrence

    Congratulations, Stuey, on an amazing and successful career. Thanks for everything you gave to
    cycling and fans. Enjoy your retirement, and know that there is a multitude of fans who appreciated your talent, regardless of all the other crap. Chapeau.

  • colin

    Never mind the moron at the top of the page, someone who could only dream of getting to your level Stuart so just wants to knock! As said previously thanks for all the memories and over such a long period of time, have a long and happy retirement with your family and friends.

  • JeffGoldblumIII

    Not only that george, but all the riders tested on stage 6 were positive. Yellow jersey always gets tested. O’Grady was in yellow on stage 6.

  • Mick W

    And you felt you had to mention that , you sad, sad man ! ……I ,for one, wish Stuart O`Grady a long and happy retirement . Thanks for some great memories .

  • george jones

    The results from the 1998 drugs test are due to be announced this week – both O’Grady and Voigt rode that race for Credit Agricole – and both were tested during that tour…